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Corps Of Engineers Changes Course To Avoid Flooding Homes

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DENTON COUNTY(CBSDFW.COM) - Too much water everywhere.  2,000 cubic feet of water is being let out of the Lake Ray Roberts dam every second.  With tributaries from nearby watersheds already flooding, adding more would just be too dangerous.

The weekend rains not only engulfed Krum with water rescue dramas, they set the stage for more flooding downstream on Clear Creek.

Clear Creek joins the Trinity River just south of the Ray Roberts dam. From there the water goes to Lewisville Lake and on to Dallas and other cities.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wanted to increase the flow from Ray Roberts overnight, but decided against it at the last minute because it might aggravate the potential for flooding homes downstream.

"We backed off on making those releases, and we're not going to do any releases that puts water in those homes," says Jerry Cotter of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Still, local authorities sounded a tentative evacuation warning alarm. Except people closest to the dam tell CBS11 they never got it.

"We haven't gotten a phone call, and when we call we get a different story from everybody," says Aubrey resident Bonnie Sanders.

Their road is horseshoe-shaped and both ends were cut off by flooding over the weekend, trapping them inside. Fearing another round of floods aggravated by a dam water release, Lori Davis is moving out along with her children and aging parents.

"It's horrifying to think we're not going to be notified, that we don't even need to be here, and yet they set a barricade up here which shows they're going to block it," says Aubrey resident Lori Davis.

The Corps of Engineers says Wednesday's forecast for rain shouldn't change things much. But what happens if we see a repeat of last weekend, this weekend.

"If we see that start to materialize we'll shut those gates at Ray Roberts to eliminate any type of flow exacerbating that flooding," says Cotter.

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